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Older iPhone Apps Soon May Not Work

2017-09-07

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  • If you have owned an iPhone or iPad for a few years, you may have apps that are outdated.
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  • Since 2013, Apple has been asking developers to update their apps.
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  • When iOS 11, the next version of the iPhone operating system, is launched soon, older apps may not work on it.
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  • Beginning with the iPhone 5s in 2013, iPhones have come with 64-bit processors.
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  • Earlier iPhones had 32-bit processors.
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  • Apple has been asking app developers to update their apps to 64-bit from 32-bit since the iPhone 5s was launched.
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  • In January of this year, users of the 32-bit apps saw warnings when they opened their apps that the apps needed to be updated.
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  • More recently, 32-bit apps have started showing another warning: "This app will not work with future versions of iOS."
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  • SensorTower is a business that studies and reports on apps.
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  • The company says about eight percent of the apps in the iTunes App Store are 32-bit apps and may not work with iOS 11.
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  • Eight percent equals about 187,000 apps out of the 2.4 million apps in the App Store.
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  • 32-bit apps that have not been updated to 64-bit have started disappearing already from the iTunes App Store.
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  • But people who have these older apps on their iPhone and iPads can still use them for now.
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  • When iOS 11 comes out, the 32-bit apps may not work if those devices are updated to iOS 11.
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  • Apple is having an event on September 12 that will likely introduce the new iPhone and iOS 11.
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  • So, we should learn soon how they might affect 32-bit apps.
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  • You may be wondering whether you have any 32-bit apps on your iPhone or iPad.
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  • There is an easy way to find out.
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  • Go to “Settings,” then “General,” then “About,” then “Applications.”
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  • Tap on "Applications."
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  • If you have any 32-bit apps in need of updating, they will appear on a new screen.
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  • Those that are 32-bit but can be updated will show at the top of the list.
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  • You may not care if some of your older apps are 32-bit and may not work with iOS 11.
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  • Maybe you have not used them in a while and did not even know that they were still on your phone.
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  • Remove them to make space on your phone.
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  • But you may care about these older apps. In fact, some may be favorites.
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  • There are several ways to deal with the 32-bit apps you want to continue using.
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  • There may be an update to the app available that you have not downloaded to your phone yet.
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  • There is an easy way to check.
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  • If the app is at the top of the list under "Update Available," tap on the app to open it in the App Store app.
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  • A box should appear that says "Update." Tap on the box to do so.
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  • After you have updated, check “Settings” again to see if the app has changed.
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  • If iOS 11 does make 32-bit apps obsolete and you have 32-bit apps you care about, you should not update to iOS 11 when it is released.
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  • But this is not a good long-term solution because iOS 11 may be useful for you.
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  • And in time you will probably have to update to iOS 11, especially if you get a new iPhone or iPad.
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  • However, this may be a good short-term solution if you have a 32-bit app you really need or want.
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  • In fact, do not update to iOS 11 until you have your apps sorted out.
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  • With 2.4 million apps in the App Store, iTunes may have alternative apps that you like even better than the 32-bit apps you have been using.
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  • Search for best alternative apps. Check out recommendations for newer, 64-bit apps.
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  • Also search the App Store to find replacement 64-bit apps.
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  • You can also contact the developer of the 32-bit app and ask for an update.
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  • If the developer gets enough requests, it may consider updating the app to 64-bit.
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  • Or, the developer may suggest a new and improved app in the App Store.
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  • Or one that will be available soon.
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  • You can try to contact the developer through the App Store.
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  • Some 32-bit apps are still there.
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  • You can find out if you go to back to “Applications” in Settings on your device.
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  • Tap on an app in the list to see if it is still in the App Store.
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  • A notice will appear if it is not available.
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  • But if it is, the App Store will open with the app listing.
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  • Tap on the “Developer Website” section and you will see the website address for the developer.
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  • Look for an email address on the website to contact the developer.
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  • Do this soon because you do not know how long the app will remain in the App Store.
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  • You can also search for the Android version of the app in Google Play.
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  • If the app is not available in the App Store anymore, search for the app in Google Play where it may still be available for Android devices.
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  • Find the developer's contact information in Google Play to ask for an update to the app.
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  • If that does not work, you again can search the developer's website to try to contact them directly.
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